Philippians 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
The fish pulled hard as I reeled it in. Had it not been for the occasional jerk and tug, I might have thought I had hooked another water-heavy old log.
Nearer and nearer I drew it toward the large rounded rocks to which my rubber-soled shoes clung.
What is it? The rippling waters baffled me. A misshapen turtle? I pulled steadily, cautiously.
Now beneath me in the calm edge-water of the pool above the falls on Mystic Creek, the picture cleared. A northern pike's great jaws held round the mid-part of a pickerel on the hook.
A brief wild hope — I'll get them both!
But that pike wriggled and flipped and unloosed his spine-sharp teeth.
The rod sprang back, arching the pickerel onto the shore.
And the pike swam fast. But not far. He stopped down there, his greeny-gray length clearly visible against a submerged boulder, and stared a full moment with one round fish eye before slowly swimming out of sight.
That staring eye convicted me: The promise is "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19 NIV). "All your needs," that is; not "all your wants".
The pickerel was plenty.
We tend to want much more than we need, not only in food, but also in electronics, in clothing, and furniture … . The apostle Paul writes, "Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life" (Philippians 4:3 NIV). We usually will have plenty to help our fellow Christians who serve the Lord in teaching, preaching, and assisting in many ways — that is, if we do not want more than we need for ourselves.
Prayer: Our God, cause us to be moderate and even sacrificial in our wants. Help us to give to those who are dire circumstances because of drought, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes, as well as those who serve You but lack the support for enough daily bread. In the name of our Great Giver, who even gave His Son.
- I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
- Annie S. Hawks